Pistol Permits


The Pistol Permit clerk is located at the Genesee County Clerk's Office, 15 Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm; however we ask that any transaction be commenced prior to 4:45 pm. 

To Apply for a Pistol Permit

You must be 21 years of age and must have been a Genesee County resident for at least one year to apply for a pistol permit.  Pistol permit application packets are available in the County Clerk's Office at a cost of $5.00 per packet.  The pistol permit application process is a multi-step process, so please read all instructions in the packet carefully.

Applicants are required to have attended a Handgun Safety Class to be completed through an NRA certified instructor.  You may sign up for the class available through the Genesee County Sheriff's Department at the time you submit your application. 

The fingerprint process is explained and completed after the completed application is submitted to our office.

Pistol Permit Fees:

Application Packet $ 5.00
Submit Completed Application $ 20.00
Duplicate Permit $ 18.00 (Paper to Plastic)
$ 11.00 (Existing plastic card)
Amendments $ 3.00
Plastic Card Fee $ 3.00
Transfer Fee (into or out of County) $ 5.00 + $ 6.00
Pistol Permit Photo $ 7.00
Gun Dealer or Gunsmith License $ 10.00 each


When you come into our office to process a transaction, along with your pistol permit, we will require further identification, usually in the form of a driver’s license.  Please be advised, upon the sale of a handgun, you must come into our office within 30 days to complete the firearms license amendment removing the handgun from your permit.  NOTE:  All amendments must be completed in person by the permit holder. 


Opt Out Form (FOIL Exemption)

Change of Address
Private Bill of Sale
Estate Bill of Sale
Co-Registration of Handguns (Both must be Genesee County Licensee's)

Registration of Handguns

Upon the purchase of a firearm, the licensee will bring the required proof of purchase to the Pistol Permit clerk in our office (please note: only the licensee can amend a pistol license -  a spouse, sibling, child, parent, etc. may not do this for you).  Required proof includes either a receipt from a licensed firearms dealer or a bill of sale from a private individual.  Please be certain to read the receipt over carefully making sure all information is correct and legible.  If we are unable to read the receipt we cannot process the amendment.

Buying a gun from an individual

When a gun is purchased from an individual, a dated Bill of Sale is required to add the pistol to the new owner’s permit.  The bill of sale must show both the buyer’s and seller’s names, addresses, permit numbers, and the counties that permits are in.  The gun must be described by make, model, caliber, action and serial number.  Once the handgun is registered with the pistol permit department in our office, it may be picked up by the buyer, and the seller has 30 days to come to the Pistol Permit Office to have the handgun removed from his/her permit.

Purchasing a gun from a dealer

When a gun is purchased from a dealer, the dealer receipt is required.  The receipt must show the buyer’s name, address, permit number, and the make, model, caliber, action and serial number of the gun.  The dealer’s name, address and New York State dealer number must also appear on the receipt.  Once the handgun is registered at our department, a purchase coupon will then be issued to the buyer, which allows him/her to pick up the handgun from the dealer.

There is a $3.00 charge for adding of a gun.

Co-Registration of a Handgun

Dual or Co-Registration of a handgun will only be permitted if both parties are Genesee County pistol permit holders.  Distinction will be made as to the primary owner and secondary holders of the handgun.  Please note that ownership remains with the primary owner with the secondary holder simply granted the right to carry and use that handgun.  Please Note: Not to be used for estate planning.  If the primary owner passes away the handgun must be transferred through the decedent's estate.

Removing Handguns from Permit

When a gun is sold to an individual, the seller needs to come into the Pistol Permit office and have it removed from his/her permit.  The buyer must provide the seller with a purchase coupon prior to delivery of the registered gun.  This coupon must then be provided to our department by the seller when removing the gun.

When a gun is sold to a dealer, the dealer receipt is required.  The receipt must show the seller’s name, address, permit number, and make, model, caliber, action and serial number of the gun.  On the receipt the dealer’s name, address, New York State dealer number and county that the dealership resides in must appear.

There is a $3.00 charge from the removal of a gun.

Death of a Permit Holder

New York State Law requires that upon a permit holder’s death, the decedent’s estate must, within 15 days, turn over the decedent’s firearm(s) to another pistol permit holder; a licensed dealer; or the local police department.

The estate is also requested to notify the Genesee County Pistol Permit clerk of the permit holder’s passing, please complete the Estate Bill of Sale, this will include information about the disposition of the firearm(s), along with a copy of the death certificate so that the license may be cancelled.

Change in Name, Address, County Or Moving Out-of-State

Name Change
A name change requires the permit holder to appear before the Pistol Permit clerk with proof of the new name in the form of a marriage certificate or Court Order.  A fee of $3.00 is charged to change the name on a pistol permit.

Address Change
A change of address requires the permit holder to notify the Pistol Permit clerk within 10 days of the change.  You may either come into our office to complete the Amendment process or complete the Change of Address Form and follow the instructions included on the form.  Please note that any address change must be changed on the permit holder's driver's license.

There is a $3.00 amendment fee (and an additional $3.00 fee for plastic card holders)

Transfer to Different County
To transfer your pistol permit to another county, you must appear at the Pistol Permit office, requesting that your file be transferred to the new county.  If you move to a different county you are not required by law to transfer your pistol permit but you are required to change your address.  If you do transfer you pistol permit to a different county you will need to submit the Change of Address Form and Transfer Out Affidavit, along with an $8.00 check payable to the Genesee County Clerk, as well as a $5.00 check payable to the county where you will transferring your permit records.  The new county will contact you when they receive your file.

Move Out-Of-State
Firearms licensees who move out-of-state should voluntarily surrender their license, at which time the license would be suspended with possible reinstatement upon return to Genesee County, subject to investigation and current FBI fingerprint check.  However, if the permit holder moves out-of-state without notification, the pistol license will be deemed revoked and original application procedures would apply if individual wished to possess a New York State pistol permit.

Lost OR Stolen Permit

You may obtain a duplicate pistol permit when your original permit is lost, stolen or mutilated.  You will be given a Duplicate Information Form to be completed at our office.  This Form will need to include the make, model, caliber and serial number of each gun currently registered to you.  There is an additional fee of $5.00 for the Duplicate Permit.  YOU CANNOT CARRY A HANDGUN WITHOUT A PERMIT.

Certificate of Non-Destruction

From time to time, handguns are found in the county or brought into the county under circumstances that are not criminal in nature, such as finding a handgun among possessions of a deceased licensee or purchased/brought from another state.  The handgun(s) must be turned into the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department for safekeeping and while proper registration of the handgun is obtained.  A procedure has been established to provide individuals a means of registering the handgun(s) by completing an Application for a Certificate of Non-Destruction and remitting it to the County Clerk's Office or the Sheriff's Department.  Once a weapon check has been completed the County Court Judge will sign the Certificate and we will contact you to come in and complete the Registration process to your license or that of a licensed individual.

Please be Advised: If you do not comply with the above procedure and remain in possession of an unregistered handgun you may be subject to criminal charges